Local Events

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Mountain True Winter Tree ID Workshop



Join us for a Winter Tree ID workshop on Saturday, February 1st, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Registration required – click here:  $5 – $15

This workshop is aimed at beginners, so we’ll start by covering basic vocabulary used in tree ID and various ID techniques with a workshop from Carrie Blair of Carrie’s Tree School. Assuming good weather, we will move outside for the second half led by MountainTrue’s Public Lands Biologist, Josh Kelly, where we’ll learn about ways to ID some of our more common trees and put what we’ve learned to the test. Please bring water, snacks, close-toed shoes and weather appropriate clothing. We encourage you to bring a notebook, and if you have a your own tree ID guide, you’re welcome to bring that to start practicing with it.

Citizen Science Projects:

Hellbenders – seen one? They area species of special concern, as they seem to be declining. That’s the point of this project. They are seldom seen, hiding under rocks. Don’t flip those rocks! Just gps them or note physical location. Eyeball length, note time of day and email lori.williams@ncwildlife.org or call 866.318.2401.

Discover Natural Transylvania

Discover Natural Transylvania is a monthly program series at the Transylvania County Library exploring the place where we live, work, and play. Presenters include experts in the fields of ecology, biology, geology, flora, fauna, outdoor recreation, and more. The programs are on the first Thursday evening of most months at 6:30 pm in the
Rogow Room, Transylvania County Library, 212 S. Gaston St., Brevard, North Carolina 28712. Each program lasts approximately one hour. Light refreshments are provided. These free programs are supported by the Friends of the Library. For more information contact Marcy Thompson at 828-884-1820.

Thursday, February 6—6:30 pm
“Transylvania County, Land of Waterfalls and …… Bogs?”
Ed Schwartzman, Biologist & Ecologist

Thursday, February 20—6:30 pm
“Jocassee: Jewel of the Escarpment”
A SCETV Expeditions with Patrick McMillan film

Thursday, March 5—6:30 pm
“Hiking & Waterfall Safety”
Neal Wilcox, Gorges State Park

Thursday, April 2—6:30 pm
“Introduction to iNaturalist—Citizen Scientist”
Jonathan Marchal, NC Arboretum

Bag Lunch Arts
Our monthly Bag Lunch Arts Series spotlights authors, artists, performers, and speakers sharing their talent and knowledge. Held on the third Tuesday of most months at 12 noon in the Rogow Family Community Room, Transylvania County Library, 212 S. Gaston St., Brevard, North Carolina 28712. Patrons are encouraged to bring along a bag lunch to enjoy before the program. Cookies and coffee are courtesy of the Friends of the Library. Programs last approximately one hour.

February 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Hall of Mirrors: Virginia Hall: American’s Greatest Spy of WWII

Few Americans know our country’s first and greatest spy of the Second World War was a disabled woman from Baltimore named Virginia Hall.

Recruited by British intelligence at a time when the US had not entered the war, Virginia became the Allies’ first agent to live and spy on the Nazis behind the lines in Vichy France. She was an elusive spy, constantly changing names and safe houses to avoid capture by the Gestapo. But in the winter of 1942, her luck ran out. She was betrayed by one of her agents and as Gestapo Chief Klaus Barbie closed in, Virginia made a harrowing escape over the snow-capped Pyrenees, dragging her prosthetic limb behind her. Once safe in Spain, Virginia demanded to return to France to continue the fight. Her British spymasters refused, calling it a suicide mission. She was too well known and Klaus Barbie, the “Butcher of Lyon” was still hunting her. But Virginia ignored the dangers–certain capture, horrible torture, a painful death–and returned to France with the new American spy organization, the OSS, on the eve of the D-Day invasion.

Craig Gralley, a former senior officer of the CIA, will discuss his recently published book, Hall of Mirrors, which is based on the true story of Virginia Hall. Hall of Mirrors has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, in the Washinton Post, CNN and other national media. It took six years to research and write and includes material from the archives his former employer, the CIA. Craig also will be available to sign copies of his book.


Friends of the Oklawaha

Henderson County is developing a new Greenway Master Plan. For more information and to  complete a short survey go to https://www.hendersoncountync.gov/greenway-network

The Greenway Master Plan establishes and communicates a broad vision for a countywide Greenway Network, and provides guidance to Henderson County and its partners, so that all involved can collaboratively work towards and benefit from that vision.






NC Arboretum Adult Education Classes
NC Arboretum Calendar of Events

Grow Magazine

bullingtonBullington Gardens Events & Workshops
95 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville NC 28792
Call (828) 698-6104 for more information.


The Botanical Gardens at Asheville

The Botanical Gardens at Asheville offers many helpful and informative classes designed to deepen your relationship to the region’s flora and fauna and to help you successfully landscape with natives. We enjoy relationships with many of the region’s naturalist experts. Thanks to their generosity, we can offer our community an in-depth and affordable look at one of the world’s most unique and diverse native habitats.

Click here for calendar. For more information call 828.258.8737 x 216 or Email: susan@mountaintrue.org

North Carolina Native Plant Society – Western Chapter


Contact botanynerd89@gmail.com for more details or https://www.facebook.com/botanynerds

Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe
55 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 254-6734

Find out more information about upcoming events on our website:  www.malaprops.com/event

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